Reading Brooke Shields: The Garden of Failure

 

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This dialogue about depression and culture constitutes Canadian author Eldon Garnet’s “confessions” as a failed cultural critic who, after writing all his life, is faced once again with the desire. Awakened from semi-retirement by a magazine commission on Brooke Shields, an icon of virginal perfection, Garnet has his narrator weave a dark tale of professionalism, the abyss of failure that remains when the fifteen minutes of fame have long since dried up.

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